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Archive for May 16th, 2016

Interpreter Services Expand Access to Ohio Courts

Word bubble with different languages The Ohio Supreme Court approved amendments to the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio based on recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Language Services and the Commission of the Rules of Superintendence. The Rules of Superintendence apply to all trial and appellate courts in Ohio, except the Court of Claims. These Rules are basically for housekeeping purposes in the courts, and provide standards for the prompt disposition of cases. The changes are intended to expand access to Ohio’s courts for those needing foreign or sign language interpreters.

The revisions include changes to Rules 80 and 87, which now require interpreters for “ancillary court services,” and creates the title of “registered foreign language interpreter.” According to the new rules, ancillary court services include alternative dispute resolution programs, evaluations, assistance at information counters, and pro se clinics. The “registered” status is to recognize foreign language interpreters who have demonstrated proficiency in a specific language, but cannot become certified because the National Center for State Courts does not provide a certification exam in that language. Rule 89 allows courts to provide the expanded interpretive services in person, or via telephone or video.

The amended rules take effect on July 1, 2016.

Library Intersession Hours

For the week of intersession – May 16th through May 22nd – we will be open the following hours:

Monday – Friday              7am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday      Closed

Summer hours will start on Monday, May 23rd.